LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman expects defensive end Shea McClellin to resume practicing when the team begins preparations Wednesday to face the St. Louis Rams, while defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff and defensive end Stephen Paea remain week to week.
Veteran linebacker Lance Briggs, meanwhile, is “making progress” according to Trestman who added “we’re still, I think, a couple of weeks away.” Briggs has been out of action since suffering a small fracture in a shoulder on Oct. 20 that was expected to sideline him for four-to-six weeks.
McClellin has missed the last two games after pulling a hamstring in practice just days removed from a three-sack performance in the team’s Nov. 4 win over the Green Bay Packers.
“Shea should get out this week and start working on Wednesday,” Trestman said.
Paea left the club’s win Sunday over the Baltimore Ravens in the second quarter with a turf toe injury in his right foot. Paea had been hobbled by the injury earlier in the season, which caused him to miss two games.
“Paea went out injuring the same toe,” Trestman said. “The severity of that, I don’t know much more than that. It’ll be a week to week thing. We’ll see how he is.”
Ratliff continues to try to work his way back to the field. Ratliff hasn’t played in a game since suffering a groin injury last year that eventually led to sports hernia surgery.
When Ratliff first joined the Bears, the defensive tackle said he was “a couple of weeks” away from returning to the field. Chicago officially signed Ratliff on Nov. 2. But at this point, it doesn’t appear he’ll be ready to play Sunday at St. Louis.
“I saw him working out today,” Trestman said. “So I know they’re putting him through the regimen there.”